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    Postal Shooting: 'Woman Had Psychological Problems'

    Official: Shooter had 'psychological problems'
    Witness: 'We all hightailed it out real quick'

    Tuesday, January 31, 2006; Posted: 11:30 p.m. EST (04:30 GMT)



    GOLETA, California (AP) -- A former postal worker who had been put on medical leave for psychological problems shot five people to death at a huge mail-processing center and then killed herself in what was believed to be the nation's deadliest workplace shooting ever carried out by a woman.

    The attack Monday night was also the biggest bloodbath at a U.S. postal installation since a massacre 20 years ago helped give rise to the term "going postal."

    Investigators would not discuss a motive for the attack.

    The rampage -- the nation's first deadly postal shooting in nearly eight years -- sent employees running from the sprawling Southern California complex and prompted authorities to warn nearby residents to stay indoors as they searched for the killer.

    How she got past security
    The 44-year-old woman, identified as Jennifer Sanmarco of Grants, New Mexico, had not worked at the plant for more than two years but still managed to get inside the fenced and guarded Santa Barbara Processing and Distribution Center.

    She drove through a gate by following closely behind another car, then got in the front door by taking an employee's electronic identification badge at gunpoint, authorities said. That employee was not hurt, authorities said.

    She opened fire with a 9 mm handgun, reloading at least once during the rampage, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Anderson said. (Watch why finding the shooter was a challenge -- 1:18)

    Authorities found two people dead outside the plant, blocks from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Another body was just outside the door, and a wounded woman was just inside. Three more bodies -- including that of the killer -- were farther inside.

    The wounded woman, Charlotte Colton, 44, was hospitalized in critical condition. She had been shot in the head.

    All of the killer's victims were believed to be employees at the postal center.

    Official: history of psychological problems
    Postal Inspector Randy DeGasperin said the woman had been placed on medical leave in 2003 for psychological reasons. He said she had been removed from the building by sheriff's deputies that year for acting strangely. She made no threats, but other workers were afraid she might hurt herself, authorities said.

    DeGasperin said was unclear if she targeted certain people or fired at random, but "chances are she might have known her victims."

    The sheriff said the woman's hair had been cut, and her appearance was different from when she worked at the plant. Her electronic pass card had been taken away when she stopped working at the facility, he said.

    The woman was well-known to authorities in western New Mexico, where she moved after leaving her job at the postal center.

    In July 2004, she applied for a business license to start a publication called "The Racist Press," said Terri Gallegos, deputy clerk for the city of Milan, New Mexico.

    When applying for the license, she constantly talked to herself -- "not just mumbling to herself, but real audible, like she was arguing with someone but there was no one there," Gallegos recalled.

    Another time, the woman asked to register a business that made cat food. The clerk's office filed a complaint with police last spring alleging she harassed a worker during her visits.

    Police in nearby Grants, New Mexico, gave her a warning last June after receiving complaints that she was naked at a gas station. She was dressed when officers arrived.

    James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston and an expert on homicides, said the death toll might be the highest ever for any workplace shooting carried out by a woman.

    "Men, more than women, tend to view their self-worth by what they do" at work, Fox said. Men also appear more prone to use violence in seeking revenge while "women tend to view murder as a last resort," he said.

    Witnesses tell their stories
    As the shooting began, some of the 80 or so workers streamed out of the building. Some ran to a firehouse.

    "I was dumping mail on a belt when the gunshots suddenly `boom, boom, boom, boom!"' said postal worker Alger Busante, 56. He rushed out of the building.

    "It is really very shocking. This is a peaceful place," Busante said.

    Postal employee Charles Kronick told KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara that he was inside the building when he heard shots. "I heard something that sounded like a pop, and then I heard a couple seconds later, another pop, pop, pop," Kronick said.

    Kronick said his boss came running over and told him to get out of the building, and "we all hightailed it out real quick."

    The dead were identified as Ze Fairchild, 37, Maleka Higgins, 28, Nicola Grant, 42, Guadalupe Swartz, 52, and Dexter Shannon, 57.

    Postmaster General John E. Potter said counselors would be available to the families and employees. "Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to the families of the victims and to our employees who have suffered through this tragic incident," he said in a statement issued in Washington.

    It was the deadliest shooting at any U.S. workplace since 2003, when 48-year-old Doug Williams gunned down 14 co-workers, killing six, and then committed suicide at a Lockheed Martin aircraft parts plant in Meridian, Mississippi.

    It also was the bloodiest rampage at a U.S. postal installation since 1986, when a mailman killed 14 people in Edmond, Oklahoma, and then took his own life. Postal installations were hit with a string of deadly shootings in the mid-1980s and early '90s.

    The nation's last postal shooting was in 1998, when a 27-year-old letter carrier fatally shot a post office clerk in Dallas after they argued in a break room. The gunman was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.

    About 300 people are employed at the Goleta plant, situated about a mile from the ocean, with the mountains as a backdrop. But most of the employees were not on duty at the time of the shooting. Goleta is about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

    Employees were told to report Tuesday to another processing center in nearby Oxnard.

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    How tragic for these workers and their families.
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    Wow. We haven't had a postal shooting in awhile. These were pretty popular back in the 80's and early 90's. Sad.

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    I went into the main post office yesterday to get a few things out and I was talking to the clerk and asked what happened in California? I had heard something briefly on the radio, but didn't know if it was a robbery, or what. So the large distressed looking postal lady next to him looks at me and YELLS, "Let's not go there!" Holy buckets! I half expected her to point a gun at me. It must really psychologically effect the whole postal force when someone goes postal.

    What is it about postal workplaces that causes this rage? I mean the pay is good, everyone is equal, there are benifits and retirement. Its socialism at its finest, really. A workplace free from drama, but more shootings than other workplaces (that I know of at least).

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    My father actually worked with the victims of this shooter when we lived back in Goleta. It's unfortunate too see this sort of thing happen. But from what I know, I remember my father wasn't the happiest person in the world when we lived down there. He would sleep days and work nights. I don't know much of anything about working for the post office but most of the time people don't get along very well.
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    Of course I feel bad for everyone involved, but everytime I read that whoever did something like this 'had mental problems' I want to fucking scream.
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    Well not to mock this situation or anything, but I always think of what Neuman said on Seinfeld about working at the post office about how the mail just keeps coming and coming. Sorry. Carry on.
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    I;m a mail man, over here its quite a cruisey job

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    my mailman is a hot chick....seriously...and whenever i'm home i try to greet her..
    i was gonna ask her if the package i had was ok..but i figured i better not...
    she might not have a sense of humor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatie
    I went into the main post office yesterday to get a few things out and I was talking to the clerk and asked what happened in California? I had heard something briefly on the radio, but didn't know if it was a robbery, or what. So the large distressed looking postal lady next to him looks at me and YELLS, "Let's not go there!" Holy buckets! I half expected her to point a gun at me. It must really psychologically effect the whole postal force when someone goes postal.

    What is it about postal workplaces that causes this rage? I mean the pay is good, everyone is equal, there are benifits and retirement. Its socialism at its finest, really. A workplace free from drama, but more shootings than other workplaces (that I know of at least).
    I suppose if you had to lick that many stamps, you would go nuts as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by muffdiver
    my mailman is a hot chick....seriously...and whenever i'm home i try to greet her..
    i was gonna ask her if the package i had was ok..but i figured i better not...
    she might not have a sense of humor...
    Oh now, I'm sure your package is just fine.

    I'll let you know tho.

    but just in case, I've got a sense of humor too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by van_5150_halen
    I suppose if you had to lick that many stamps, you would go nuts as well
    Judging by the size of this woman, I'd say its french fry grease that caused her insanity.

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    Well, they do say that greasy anything is not good for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatie
    Judging by the size of this woman, I'd say its french fry grease that caused her insanity.
    I guess the post office needs to invest in non-fat stamp juice!

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